Healthcare and public services

Deconstructing the myths behind Medicare and Medicaid

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Medicare, health insurance for the elderly, a universal program for which all Americans become eligible when they reach retirement age; and Medicaid, health insurance for the poor are two often conflated and misused concepts. George Klosko deconstructs Medicare and Medicaid’s different histories and structures and misconceptions about the contributory nature of each.

As Congress struggles to repeal and replace the […]

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    Democrats are more likely than Republicans or Independents to blame genetics for obesity – including their own.

Democrats are more likely than Republicans or Independents to blame genetics for obesity – including their own.

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More than 70 percent of American adults are overweight, with over a third in the obese category, but the public in general does not support a greater role for government in tackling this problem. In new research, Don Haider-Markel and Mark Joslyn look at whether or not Americans think that obesity is caused by biology or a result of […]

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    How expanding Medicaid can help prisoners in the Southern states.

How expanding Medicaid can help prisoners in the Southern states.

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While the Obama presidency saw the introduction of Obamacare and the expansion of Medicaid in many US states, President Trump’s administration may well roll back these reforms. Nickolas Zaller argues that while they can, Southern states should expand Medicaid, one effect of which would be to improve health outcomes for those involved with the criminal justice system. He suggests […]

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    Long Read Review: Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors were Duped, Patients got Hooked and Why it’s So Hard to Stop by Anna Lembke

Long Read Review: Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors were Duped, Patients got Hooked and Why it’s So Hard to Stop by Anna Lembke

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In Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors were Duped, Patients got Hooked and Why it’s So Hard to Stop, Anna Lembke sheds light on the rise of prescription drug addiction in the USA, fuelled in part by the actions of doctors and the structure of the US healthcare system. As the book illuminates the causes and drivers behind the increasing […]

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    With their Obamacare replacement, Republicans are jumping blindfolded through the policy window

With their Obamacare replacement, Republicans are jumping blindfolded through the policy window

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Earlier this month, House Republicans released their proposed bill to repeal and replace Obamacare – the American Health Care Act (AHCA). With estimates that the bill may cause 24 million people to lose health insurance coverage gained under Obamacare, Philip Rocco writes that the leadership of the Republican Party is now faced with asking its members to vote for […]

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    Book Review: Metrics: What Counts in Global Health edited by Vincanne Adams

Book Review: Metrics: What Counts in Global Health edited by Vincanne Adams

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Metrics: What Counts in Global Health, a collection of essays edited by Vincanne Adams, looks at how the preoccupation with health metrics is distorting the way that healthcare is being funded and delivered, particularly in the Global South. Thomas Christie Williams hopes that the volume will encourage policymakers and researchers to reflect upon the potential consequences of ‘the numbers […]

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    The submerged politics of Obamacare may make it harder to repeal than Trump and the GOP realize

The submerged politics of Obamacare may make it harder to repeal than Trump and the GOP realize

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Next year will see the Republican Party control the presidency, House, and Senate, and they will likely waste little time before beginning to dismantle President Obama’s legacy, including signature programs such as Obamacare. Ursula Hackett argues that Obamacare’s ‘submerged’ delivery, via subsidies for individuals to buy insurance from private markets rather than direct government provision, may mean that the […]

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    States which have harsher incarceration and less generous welfare policies tend to place more children in foster care.

States which have harsher incarceration and less generous welfare policies tend to place more children in foster care.

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Across the Unites States, the number of children taken into foster care every year varies greatly. In new research, Frank Edwards take a close look at how this number is influenced by states’ criminal justice, welfare, and child protection regimes. He finds that states with more punitive criminal justice systems are likely to put 4.9 children per 1,000 into […]

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    Like women, men who are hands-on care workers also experience a wage penalty.

Like women, men who are hands-on care workers also experience a wage penalty.

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With the decline of the manufacturing-based economy there is evidence that more men are moving into care work occupations, jobs which have tended to be lower paid than others, when all factors are held equal. In new research, Janette Dill examines what happens to men when they enter feminized occupations such as care work. She finds that in lower-skilled […]

How government social programs can help reduce bullying

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Once accepted as part of adolescents’ school experiences, policymakers are now concerned with the causes and effects of bullying on other children and those who bully themselves. Bryan L. Sykes, Alex R. Piquero, and Jason P. Gioviano take a close look at how neighborhood and cumulative disadvantage, as well as participation in needs-based social programs, can work to increase […]

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